Sunday, October 9, 2016

Week Six College Football Winners and Losers

            Week Six of the college football season featured some good games, a few games, and a few upsets. There were some games that shook up the playoff picture from the outside, ensuring that the consensus top four hold onto their positions tighter. Who won Week Six and who lost it?

Winner: The Red River Showdown: The rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma has always produced some quality games and moments between the two teams and the latest duel didn't disappoint. In what was one of the highest-scoring games in the rivalry's history, both teams combined for 85 points. Baker Mayfield threw for 390 yards and three touchdowns for Oklahoma while Samaje Perine ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries for the Sooners. Dede Westbrook caught ten passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns. The Longhorns had some fireworks of their own with D'Onta Foreman running the ball for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
Winner: NC State/Notre Dame: While the game was played in harsh conditions of a hurricane, the game was an awesome throwback to a football game played in the elements. Torrential rains drenched the field as the two teams battled it out in a low-scoring affair (NC State won 10-3). Again, not the safest of environments to play in. However, it was a great throwback of old-school football.
Winner: SEC Drama: Once again, the  #8 Tennessee Vols were involved in some exciting late game dramatics, taking the #9 Texas A&M Aggies to overtime. However, the Vols were on the other end of the theatrics, losing thanks to Armani Watts's interception off of Joshua Dobbs in the second overtime. Still, the Volunteers continue to produce exciting games that leave their fans on the edge of their seats.
Loser: Houston Cougars: The Cougars watched their playoff hopes go on life support as they got caught in a trap game, losing to Navy 46-40. Houston was unable to stop Will Worth, who ran for 115 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries. The fact that their marquee win over then-#3 Oklahoma was lessened by the Sooners' performance a couple weeks later damages the Cougars' chances even more.
Loser: Michigan State Spartans: What in the world is going on in East Lansing? The Spartans have suffered their first three-game losing streak since 2009, getting routed by BYU 31-14. The question of whether MSU could survive with a good chunk of their key players getting drafted and/or graduating looks like it's being answered, with the Spartans falling below .500 for the season.
Loser: Rutgers Scarlet Knights: Rutgers lost to #4 Michigan by a score of 78-0. You read that right. 78-0. It was over by the first quarter when Michigan was up by two touchdowns. In fact, the halftime score was 43-0 in favor of the Wolverines. Jabril Peppers enjoyed a nice homecoming in his native state by rushing for a 63-yard score. Rutgers punted the ball 16 times while Michigan tied a program record by scoring nine rushing touchdowns in a game. Looks like Jim Harbaugh shows no remorse for his opponents. Jim Harbaugh has no chill.

Other Winners: Top-five teams scoring 70+ points, Florida State, Western Michigan rowing the boat, Iowa
Other Losers: Kansas, Iowa State's attempt at pulling off an upset (again), Miami's playoff hopes, North Carolina

My Playoff Teams:

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Ohio State
  4. Washington

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